The government of Finland has passed a new law that it hopes will ease the entry and retention of non-EU international students by easing bureaucracy and increasing post-study work rights.
Under the new act, which came into force on April 15th, students and family members arriving in Finland will obtain a residence permit for the duration of their studies. Under previous rules, students had to reapply for permits during the programme.
The government said that the new law will also make it easy for international students to apply for work in Finland after graduation. The jobseeker permit issued to international students who have completed a degree programme will be extended from one year to two years.
Additionally, part-time work rights during study will increase from 25 to 30 hours per week.
Minister of Employment Tuula Haatainen, said, “With seamless permit practices, the Government wants to make it easier for international students and researchers to stay in Finland. The new law will enable those who have studied here to look for work and will make Finland a more attractive destination for international experts.”
International students will still be required to provide a secure means of subsistence, but only for one year.
Click here to read the full government statement on the new rules.